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"Real Women"

I'm getting really frustrated with this "real women are curvy" sensation that hit the internet awhile ago. I'm sure most of you have seen the pictures (I've included one I don't like, and one that I like better) that say, "when did this...become hotter than this?" and it has pictures of really skinny girls, like Keira Knightly, next to curvy ones, like Marilyn Monroe.
Here's what bugs me: by putting the curvy girls in the "real women" category, they're demeaning skinny girls, who are absolutely real and are naturally skinny, or work very hard at it.
Curvy girls are real women, too. But the reality is that the body shape that these advertisements promote belong to a very small portion of the population. If I gained weight, I wouldn't be "curvy"... I would be chunky. I wouldn't have nice hips, a proportionate waist, and a nice chest (like these "real, curvy women" do).. I'd have a lot of weight in my stomach area. Curvy women are real, skinny women are real, and many other variations in between.
I try to be healthy and fit. That's my choice. I don't look like Marilyn Monroe, but I'm a real woman.

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  • Sexy Panda Sexy Panda
    62 months ago

    I 100% agree! I find as a slim woman I don't have much to complain about, and I agree that girls do suffer from body image issues and anorexia is a real problem. So I am glad that more realistic body images are on the agenda. But i think you are right here that these campaigns don't take all body shapes into account. And also i find that if you are skinny you have no right to comment on body image, people just dismiss you sometimes by saying oh you're thin so you wouldn't understand. why should i feel guilty for being who i am?

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  • Slavemeat Slavemeat
    62 months ago

    I'm with you too! The message is wrong. People are people, they come in all shapes and sizes. There are always extremes. I do find it frustrating - as a "non slim" woman - that it is generally slim women who are portrayed by many advertising campaigns and the fashion industry in general as "perfection" but I can understand that people would rather look at someone without stretch marks and a spare tyre. We are, however, all women, we are all real. I am certainly no figment of anyone's imagination. A new campaign is needed, with a brand new slogan!

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  • Salt Lick Salt Lick
    62 months ago

    good point. I am physically like my dad's side of the family (he has 5 sisters, I look like an amalgam of all of them, more or less) and that's not, erm...Keira Knightly-esque. My mom on the other hand has long been very petite, and couldn't really put on weight if she tried. She's had horrible things said to / asked of her, like if she's sick and so on. I appreciate that she's discussed these things with me, because I'd hate to speak to someone so callously as some people have spoken to her from envy.

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  • Anonymous Anonymous
    62 months ago

    To be honest, I think what is happening is a backlash against the 'supermodels' who deliberately slim too much, look unhealthy, whether they are or not doesn't really matter because publicity about the fashion industry has shown how much the girls have to work at looking so thin caused an outcry. So the result is that now the 'new' look has lumps and bumps.

    Whatever figure is in fashion there will be complaints, so I'm not sure what they, the fashion industry can do about pleasing everyone at the same time.

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  • Scrawny Scrawny
    62 months ago

    The amount of times I've ranted on pictures like this posted on fb, it pisses me off so much. Why does one have to be better than the other? Why the constant 'otherness'? I hate how it's not seen as offensive or bullying to call a thin woman 'a bone' 'skeleton' etc and say she's not attractive or needs to eat a sandwich *eyeroll* yet if someone dares to even say an overweight person should consider exercise for the sake of their health, they're fat-shaming.
    I don't care what people look like as long as they're happy and healthy(mentally and physically), it's none of my business or anyone elses' what you do with your body. People need to just lay off one another and send out a bit more love and acceptance.

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  • Too much thought goes into defining women as "pretty" or "real" or this or that. When it comes down to it, what someone else looks like is really none of your concern. Society puts too much weight on women's bodies. Something that we are essentially born with, to live with forever. If we are going to compliment someone, we should compliment there achievements not the dress size. It's what you do not what size you are.

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  • TygerTyger TygerTyger
    62 months ago

    I think its just because, for quite a few years now, women have had this photo shopped, way too skinny its physically impossible ideal to live up to, that now curvier woman are being included in ads, women are getting overly happy.

    Myself i think women of all shapes and sizes should be on adverts, without photoshopping. It just makes us feel inadequate. No one is perfect, and adverts that reflect this are the best.

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